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Last updated: 3/2/2018
Hon. Thomas J. Felts
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Allen Circuit Court
715 South Calhoun, #300
Fort Wayne
46802  United States
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(260) 449-7602 (Phone)
(260) 449-7652 (Fax)
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Hon. Thomas J. Felts, Fort Wayne, Chair, House of Delegates, is judge of the Allen Circuit Court. Previously, he served as a magistrate for the court and was an associate, then partner at the firm Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom LLP. Judge Felts received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 and his J.D. from the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 1979. He is a member of the Allen County and Indiana State bar associations.

Judge Felts currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for the Indiana Judges Association, Allen County Community Corrections, Foellinger Foundation, Indiana Judicial Conference, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and the Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. He is also a member of the Indiana General Assembly Interim Committee on Courts & the Judiciary and the board of visitors for Indiana Tech Law School.

Judge Felts was born in Fort Wayne in 1954.

Professional enjoyment: Two things come to mind. I like the process of identifying, analyzing and solving problems in an orderly fashion, and I enjoy working with and being around lawyers, the vast majority of whom are great people.

Your inspiration: Very honestly, I decided to go to law school at the beginning of my senior year of college because I didn’t have anything else lined up and I wasn’t sure what else I would do upon graduation. I’m extremely blessed and grateful that fate intervened in that way. I can’t imagine enjoying any other profession more than I’ve enjoyed being a lawyer.

Why bar association involvement: It’s a matter of collegiality, networking and impact. Involvement in a bar association, at any level, provides an opportunity to interact with fellow legal professionals in ways that help us do our jobs better as well as provide the “strength in numbers” to effectuate change. I will always tell young lawyers to take advantage of opportunities presented to them, and bar association involvement maximizes one’s ability to recognize these opportunities.

If not a lawyer: From a practical standpoint, I would probably choose to be a teacher at either the college or high school level. I have been an adjunct professor, both at the undergraduate and law school level, and enjoyed it very much. If finances weren’t a necessary factor, I would probably follow my original dream of playing the piano and singing in a bar someplace warm.

Fav hobbies: My outside interests generally fall into two categories – running and music. I run approximately 25-45 miles a week, have completed 24 marathons and run in four to five races each year. I play the piano for fun and serve as a substitute cantor/liturgist for a few churches in town. I also sing in my church choir and am part of a contemporary Christian/Catholic group that has recorded two CDs and performs occasionally at churches and other religious services.

Fav book or author and current reading: Like many lawyers, I have read all of John Grisham’s books and enjoyed them very much. I have just finished his latest novel, "Gray Mountain."

Fav vacation spot: My wife and I spent Labor Day weekend this year at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, our eighth time there. It is beautiful, peaceful and relaxing.

Fav food or restaurant: My ideal meal would be great food and drink at a classic Irish pub, whether in Dublin, New York City or even closer to home.

Top of my bucket list: I’ve made no secret, to those who know my family and me especially, of the fact that my goal is to live, and live well, to age 100 – that would be awesome.
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